The Course

Rabbi Mike Comins Introduces the Making Prayer Real Course

The Making Prayer Real Course

The Making Prayer Real Course brings the insights and practices of the innovative book alive.  You'll learn the spiritual dynamics of passionate, heart-opening prayer. Rather than theology or the history of Jewish liturgy, the Course focuses on the skills and techniques that make prayer profound, powerful and transformative. Themes include:

  • Connecting heart to words of prayer
  • Awakening the senses to enliven prayer
  • The emotional foundations of prayer
  • Prayer in the service of teshuvah (self-change).
  • Coping with loss and mourning
  • A spiritual dynamics approach to the major prayers in Jewish liturgy
  • Discerning a response to your prayers

Sessions include learning with your teacher in person or over the internet, video interviews with leading Jewish spiritual voices on the art of prayer, and instruction in traditional and innovative prayer practices with Rabbi Mike Comins.

The MPR Course brings leading teachers on prayer and spirituality to your virtual or real classroom by way of video. See below for a list of our video contributors.

Just like the book, no one way to pray is presented.  Rather, the Course is designed as a conversation and a workshop. Different approaches to prayer are presented by the contributors, and some twenty prayer practices are offered, to help you discover and develop your own approach to prayer as an individual and as a member of your community.

To learn more about the Making Prayer Real Course, view sample videos and the course outline.

Ways to Learn

Distance Learning

Join a real time class with a Making Prayer Real teacher via conference call and webinar. Limit of eight students per class.

In Your Community

License and Teach the Making Prayer Real Course in Your Community

The Making Prayer Real Course can be licensed to a synagogue, school, JCC or other entity and taught by the community's clergy, professional educators or qualified lay leaders. 

Video Contributors

Rabbi Rachel Adler, PhD • Merri Lovinger Arian • Rabbi Phyllis Berman • Rabbi Stephen Cohen • Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD • Rabbi Getzel Davis • Rabbi Lavey Derby • Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD • Cantor Ellen Dreskin • Rabbi Nancy Flam • Rabbi Karen Fox, DD • Tamar Frankiel, PhD •  Rabbi Laura Geller • Rabbi Shefa Gold • Rabbi Arthur Green, PhD • Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD • Melila Hellner, PhD • Rabbi Myriam Klotz  • Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell • Rabbi Richard N. Levy, DD • Rabbi Yael Levy • Rabbi Ebn Leader, PhD  •  Rabbi Natan Margalit, PhD • Jay Michaelson, PhD • Rabbi Rex Perlmeter • Rabbi Marcia Prager • Rabbi Or Rose, PhD • Rabbi Rami Shapiro • Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater • Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz • Rabbi Margot Stein • Linda Thal, PhD • Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg • Rabbi Dvora Weisberg, PhD • Rabbi David J. Wolpe